I was reading Lay Off Massachusetts and came across Fiscal Facts. This page has the ratio of federal funds paid versus how much federal revenue is generated per state for 1992 and 2002. The most interesting thing is that the state with the highest ratio (gets more than it gives) for 2002 is North Dakota and the lowest is New Jersey. I would have guess my state (VA) would be bad (11th, 1.47) given its proximity to DC, but I would not have figured the top five (SD, NM, MS, AK, WV). Goes to show that you don't always know what you think you know.